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Never married, never engaged here. I could come up with all sorts of reasons or excuses or explanations but the plain truth of it is, I haven't yet found someone I want to spend the rest of my life with who also wants to spend the rest of his life with ME. It's a reciprocal thing, dontcha know.
And yeah, I get looks & mild crap & comments from family (not so much friends, though, many of whom are like "God yes WAIT for the right guy") but would I rather have dashed into it and now be on my 2nd marriage like a lot of people I know? Doesn't make me or them better or worse ... it just is the way it is.
Fortunately I do not live in Jane Austen's England and I don't need to regard marriage as a business plan ...
So I keep reading that many women just haven't found the right guy but what about people who just don't want to get married because it's an outdated and pointless institution? I never understood why society considers marriage the ultimate goal of happiness, I know plenty of married people and I don't envy them one bit. I know how cynical I sound about marriage but I just think of it as a way to trap someone, I'd rather someone stay with me because I make them happy and not because they're afraid of losing the house through a divorce.
I never understood why society considers marriage the ultimate goal of happiness...
Well, personally, I don't. I think the best way to be happy is to be at ease with one's self.
But if I find someone with whom I want to spend the rest of my life, and the feeling is mutual, and we want all the rights and protections that marriage grants, I am willing to enter into that, and I do in fact want it. To make another person one's closest family member, with all the rights and responsibilities that that entails, is a powerful thing.